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In shock...

I received a call from my mom just a little bit ago and apparently lighting hit my dad's work shed around 4am and the fire spread to the house. My parents made it out just fine, but the house is pretty much a loss. They won't know until they start going through things. It's the house I grew up in. And they hadn't seen a sign of the four cats yet (including my cat Abu who is really getting up in years around 16-17), or at least my mom hadn't when she left to go to my grandma's house for a bit.

cheerfulchaotic, sister_devora and pedropadrao... I don't know how fast the family grapevine is traveling, but yeah... :-( I said something must have it out for all the old family houses since granny's family house burned a few years back and now this one. It was almost to 100 year mark.

ETA: One cat survived! Cali... she's Abu's sister and my mom said she was a little worse for wear, but made it. Abu and Cookie did not make it. :-( And they hadn't found the other one, Kitty, yet.

The house will be a loss. They are working to save some things now in case the fire starts back up, including my dad's gun safes. She said their clothes should be salvageable after a good wash or two or more as long as the fire doesn't reignite like it did at a relative's house a few years back.


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Aug. 21st, 2010 01:47 pm (UTC)
thanks... yeah... my great-uncle/aunt lost one of the other family homes a couple years ago from a fire that started with a hair dryer. It burned completely to the ground.
Aug. 21st, 2010 12:57 pm (UTC)
Aug. 21st, 2010 01:47 pm (UTC)
Aug. 21st, 2010 01:27 pm (UTC)
OMG, I'm so, so sorry to hear this! *gives a gentle hug*

I'm just relieved to hear your parents are okay! And I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the cats are fine, too.
Aug. 21st, 2010 01:48 pm (UTC)
thanks. I'm kinda in the 'random thoughts of what was lost' phase now I think. I'll be going over there later today.
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Aug. 21st, 2010 01:33 pm (UTC)
So sorry, Chick - I hope your family has some place to stay in the mean time. That's a really freaky thing to happen. I'm glad they managed to get out safely and am sure the cats will turn up as well.

Best wishes

Kaye xxx
Aug. 21st, 2010 01:51 pm (UTC)
thanks. They'll be able to stay at my mom's house (which they actually own) or my dad's brother's house which is just up the hill from their place. So they will be good in that aspect. And they had insurance on the house (knowing my dad, good insurance). So that's a plus as well. I'm now curious how well my dad's two gun safes faired because he kept all the pertinent stuff there... along with the guns. And... Oh... I'm glad I have my birth certificate now.
Aug. 21st, 2010 01:36 pm (UTC)
Oh my! Yes, where are they staying? Where is this house?
You must be worried sick,,,Can you go be with them?
We'll be thinknig of all of you...Sarah
Aug. 21st, 2010 01:52 pm (UTC)

They'll have a place to stay either with my uncle who lives next door or my grandma's who's house they actually own. So that will be good.

I plan to go over there this afternoon. It's about a 45 minute drive for me.
Aug. 21st, 2010 01:37 pm (UTC)
OMG hon! I'm so sorry! Many many hugs! I hope that the cats got out just fine and have just gone to ground because of the trauma.

Many many hugs! I'll be keeping you and your family, including the cats) in my thoughts!
Aug. 21st, 2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
thanks... my mom left the front door open as they were getting in hopes they'd find a way out... but... well...

I'll be going over there later today.
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Aug. 21st, 2010 01:57 pm (UTC)
*many hugs and good thoughts* My god, I hope everyone comes through this okay.
Aug. 21st, 2010 02:03 pm (UTC)
thanks. they'll pull through.
Aug. 21st, 2010 02:01 pm (UTC)
Oh sweetie, I'm so sorry to hear about the news. I'm so relieved that your parents both made it out safely. *hugs you tightly* As always, please let me know if there is anything that I can do for you or your family.
Aug. 21st, 2010 02:06 pm (UTC)
thanks. and I will... *hugs back*
Aug. 21st, 2010 02:37 pm (UTC)
Sweetie I am so sorry. I'm glad your folks made it out ok.

The same thing happened to my grandparents a few years ago, they were okay but lost everything. My aunt sent a message along to all of the family to dig up photos and make copies. Anything with them and their relatives, children, and grandchildren and asked that they be labeled. She made albums for them.

It helped my grandparents get back some of their memories. Maybe you guys can do something like that.

*hugs* to you guys and my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Aug. 21st, 2010 03:12 pm (UTC)
Memory wise, we'll be relatively good on that front. Thanks to the computer age, we have many digital copies of all the photos floating around. There's one picture I may have lost that I will always miss... my 'child of the 80s' pic that had me wearing a star wars shirt with strawberry shortcake pants, pom-pom's in my hands, heart shaped sunglasses, velcro shoes, and my brother and sister in the background playing atari. I'm not sure where that picture was anymore.

But they survived, so that's the good thing.
Aug. 21st, 2010 03:10 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry to hear about your parents house fire. I am also very sorry to hear about your cats :( *Big Hugs* If there is anything I can do, please let me know... You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Aug. 21st, 2010 03:13 pm (UTC)
thanks... going to have so see what is going to happen next...
Aug. 21st, 2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry, but I'm glad to hear that everyone made it out okay. *hugs*
Aug. 21st, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks... yeah, the good thing is that they made it out okay.
Aug. 21st, 2010 03:45 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I'm glad your parents are okay.
Aug. 21st, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
Aug. 21st, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
I think i speak for us all when I say please let us know if there is anything at all we can do--on a practical level or an emotional/online one.
Aug. 21st, 2010 04:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks... and I know you all are here. I may do a post later on after they've had time to figure out what's going to happen that might list some things if people are willing to donate for. But I'll wait an see what their needs are going to be. Fandom is an awesome group.
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Aug. 21st, 2010 04:09 pm (UTC)
OMG, that's awful! I'm so very, very sorry. I can't imagine how you and your family must be feeling right now, such a dreadful shock and oh, the poor kitties!

So so sorry :;hugs you tight::
Aug. 21st, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks... at least the one that survived is my mom's cat, so that will be good for her.

PS: me and the roomie watched the last of the 3 Sherlock eps last night and GRRARGH! At least I read online where they will pick it up for more next year at some point.
Aug. 21st, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC)

I'm happy your parents are ok. It's very sad about the kitties though!
Aug. 21st, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
thanks for the hugs... I'll miss my abu... :-(
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